Ever since things started to go downhill for the Vancouver Canucks, fans started to bash every decision management and coaches make. Just stop it already.
The Vancouver Canucks are most likely not a playoff team right now. That is a fact management, ownership and fans need to understand. Chances are, most have realised by now, but making changes isn’t easy, and no one wants to lose on purpose.
Now, there are good ways to deal with the situation. And there are bad ones.
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One of the worst ways to deal with this, is to constantly name decisions the club has made in the past, and criticise them. An ex-Canuck succeeding with his new team is in no way an indication for success the Canucks could have had.
The 2016 NHL Draft
#Canucks are looking to trade for a 20 goal scorer..
Who wants to break it to them that Tkachuk's on pace for 19?
Gudbranson is not a top-pairing player, he might not even be a top-four guy. Hutton had a strong rookie season but would probably become more of a strong No. 3 than a No. 1 on a good team. Stecher has top-four potential but probably won’t be a top-pairing player either. Tryamkin, Pedan or Subban? Nah.
What the Canucks have been lacking for a while now is a No. 1 defenseman or even a just a top-pairing player who can produce offensively. A pairing of Tanev and Elder is all right, but nothing special, and not nearly lethal enough offensively.
Juolevi clearly has the potential to become that dangerous two-way player on the first pairing in the somewhat near future.
Sure, he is currently in the OHL while Tkachuk is playing well in the big leagues. But 19 goals from Tkachuk wouldn’t take the Canucks over the top, and I highly doubt he would even score that many if he was on the Canucks. Long-term, the Canucks took a player who might well be the best player available at their draft position — the right choice.
The Canucks signed a 30-goal scorer in Loui Eriksson this summer. So far, it hasn’t worked out for the team. That is not Eriksson’s fault, and probably not Benning’s fault either. The Canucks are not a playoff team right now — one potential 30-goal scorer won’t change that, especially not when it is one of the Eriksson or Vrbata caliber.
Oh, and Tkachuk obviously isn’t enough either.
The Vancouver Canucks’ current situation is more complicated than that. It seems like a full rebuild is inevitable.